The District of Kent’s wastewater treatment plant. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Kent wastewater plant gets $7,500 grant for improvement study

The district will be looking at modifications to its digester system

The District of Kent will be receiving $7,500 to help figure out how its wastewater treatment plant can be improved.

The district had applied for an infrastructure planning grant from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The planning grants are meant to help local governments develop sustainable infrastructure that will improve public health and safety, protect the environment and strengthen the economy.

The $7,500 grant will cover 75 per cent of the project’s cost, which will look at improvements to the digester for the wastewater treatment plant, which takes in sewage from both Agassiz and Seabird Island.

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The last updates to the wastewater treatment plant were in 2018, when the samplers were replaced in the system. Now that the District of Kent has grant funding from the province, it can move forward with creating a design for modifications to the digester blower.

The biological digestion process is part of the treatment plant’s secondary treatment, which includes a biological digestion process that allows the solids to settle from the liquid. The remaining liquid is disinfected through ultra-violet light, and the clean fluid is discharged into the river. The remaining solids are further broken down by digesters using micro-organisms.

When the solids are reduced enough by the digesters, they are put through a filter to reduce moisture and composted.

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